Quick, somebody doctor this pic to read for these modern times.
Funny enough, the major theories I've heard for where HIV came from fall into three categories:
- Idiots who think gay men were having sex with monkeys
- Scientists who believe people had blood contact with monkeys they hunted for food (likely)
- Scientists who believe that the polio serums derived from unsterile monkey blood contained a variant of SIV that was passed on through vaccination with the serum
Also I think at the time they believed they could "cure" homosexuality by "therapy," which basically ended in mental health work that (get this) caused a suppression problem (self-denial, pushing down the bad gay thoughts). Modern mental health science, even at that time, should know that such non-acceptance of the self leads to internal stress and eventual violence, either self-directed or externalized.
Today we have the same problem with pedophiles being sent to counseling "to cure them," in which we try to convince them they don't like children sexually... the suppression and self-rejection leads to either mental trauma (where they suddenly wind up raping/murdering someone due to mental stress issues) or a jekyl-and-hyde symptom (cycles of abuse and then receding and pretending nothing happened). The correct way to handle this is to teach self-acceptance and integration with society: these people have to accept that they have certain urges and impulses, and make the decision to walk away from them. It's like not cheating on your wife; do you honestly mean to tell me you don't want to bang all sixteen college cheerleaders jumping around at your kid's football game? It doesn't happen; but there are guys that will just show a HUGE grin and walk away.
Nobody ever stops this stuff, or notices when things actually come to bear. We quite rather like to hide the ugly part of society, and we like to do things more on principle of what we can accept: stricter laws because we can't accept letting people get away with things, but don't talk about loss of liberty. We don't want to follow anything that looks like a kook-job conspiracy theory, like fluoridated water or aspartame toxicity... we just accept that these people are crazy and stop looking for evidence, just find one single paper that says they're nuts and be done with it, don't ever look again. Of course we're going to say, well, drunk drivers are bad so we should have a police state to stop them from killing people with their cars.